Tuesday, December 7, 2010

Mavs edge Warriors 105-100 in Dallas

The Warriors gave the Mavs a competitive effort, but the depth of Dallas was the difference in a 105-100 win over the Warriors. As usual, the Warriors were doubled up in free throw attempts (Mavs 21-27, W's 6-13). The poor free throw percentage is more frustrating than the lack of attempts. Despite the free throw disparity, the Warriors played well enough to win the game.

With less than five minutes in the game, the Warriors unraveled and it was evident that the Warriors do not have the depth to beat a stacked team like the Mavs. The bench points statistic tells the story of the game: Mavs 47, Warriors 14. The Mavs have players like Shawn Marion and Jason Terry, who play starters type of minutes, so those stats a not typical of most NBA teams. The Mavs are an elite team (at least during the regular season).

The Warriors have severe drop off after the starters. Steph Curry continued to light up the score sheet on offense, but needed to be spelled. Reggie Williams came into the game and gave the Warriors nothing. Reggie is still a nice player to bring in for offensive energy, but the Warriors need a better back-up point guard. They need a player like Chris Duhon, Raymond Felton, or Keyon Dooling. Someone they can trust with the ball and score if needed. It would also be helpful to have a small forward to share minutes with Dorell Wright, who had a great game (17 points, 11 rebounds, 4 assists, 3 steals).

It was nice to see Lou Amundson on the floor, even in a small dose. In 12 minutes he brought solid energy, blocked a couple shots, and made us forget Biedrins was on the bench with foul trouble. Ekpe Udoh is expected to join Amundson on the floor next month. I expect Udoh to make a nice impact, but it won't happen right away.

It hurts to watch this Warriors group work hard all game and come apart down the stretch. This current stretch of games is as tough as it gets all season. I still think the Warriors have a chance to turn it around as the season unfolds.

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